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NHL: Price, Canadiens blank the Penguins


Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Brent Johnson, right, reaches for the puck as the Montreal Canadiens’s Lars Eller looks on during their game on Saturday in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Photo: AFP

Carey Price made 26 saves for his eighth shutout of the season and 12th overall as the Montreal Canadiens beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 on Saturday.

Tomas Plekanec, Travis Moen and Mike Cammalleri scored for Montreal. The Canadiens, two points behind fifth-place Boston in the Eastern Conference standings, have won six of their past seven games.

Price has only allowed seven goals in starting the past six games.

The Canadiens were without Max Pacioretty, who sustained a severe concussion and fractured vertebra on Tuesday from a hard hit by the Boston Bruins’ Zdeno Chara.


In St Louis, Missouri, Pavel Datsyuk scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period as Detroit came back to beat St Louis after squandering a two-goal lead.

Jimmy Howard earned his NHL-leading 17th road win for the Red Wings, who have won two straight after a season-worst four-game losing streak.

Ruslan Salei, Darren Helm, Niklas Kronwall and Justin Abdelkader also scored for Detroit.

Adam Cracknell scored his first NHL goal for the Blues, while David Backes and Matt D’Agostini each added a goal to even the score at 3-3 early in the third before Detroit pulled away.


In Toronto, Mikhail Grabovski and Phil Kessel scored in a 2 minute, 33 second span early in the third period to lead Toronto past Buffalo.

Clarke MacArthur and Tyler Bozak also scored to help Toronto end a three-game losing streak and move back within four points of the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.

Mike Weber, Jochen Hecht and Jordan Leopold scored for Buffalo, who finished their seven-game road trip 4-2-1.


In Philadelphia, Ron Hainsey scored 1 minute, 17 seconds into overtime as Atlanta overcame a 3-0 third-period deficit and Ville Leino’s first career hat-trick to beat Philadelphia.

After the Thrashers fought back in the final period, Andrew Ladd tied the game at 4-4 by scoring with 45 seconds left in regulation.

Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian and Tobias Enstrom also scored for the Thrashers.

The Flyers have lost five of eight.

In Saturday’s other action, it was:

‧ Devils 3, Islanders 2, OT

‧ Panthers 4, Lightning 3, OT

‧ Predators 4, Avalanche 2

‧ Blue Jackets 3, Hurricanes 2

‧ Canucks 4, Flames 3

‧ Rangers 3, Sharks 2 SO

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